THIS weekend Wonthaggi will host Rounds Three and Four of the Pirelli MX Motocross Nationals, an event that brings a staggering $350,000 into the local region, with motels booked out weeks prior and restaurants set to see lines out the door.
The world-class prepared track on West Area Road will attract thousands of fans who’ll swamp the venue eager to see the first of this year’s double-header rounds.
MX Nationals Series Promoter Kevin Williams said the venue is well-equipped to that number of motocross fans and the track will be prepared to a world class standard.
“The Pirelli MX Nationals is a very important event for not only the Wonthaggi Motorcycle Club but also for the region.
“With Wonthaggi again hosting a national event of this size it will bring strong revenue into the local region as well as keep the venue on the radar and provides the sport with fantastic national exposure locally,”. said Williams.
“Of course we have a number of riders competing from Australia such as two-time defending MX1 champion and current red plate holder Dean Ferris, but also international competitors as well from New Zealand such as Hamish Harwood, Kane Lamont and Rhys Carter which adds that extra level of depth to the racing and is fantastic for our series and for the local fans who are planning on coming out to watch the races this weekend,” he said.
So, who will finish on top when gates drop this coming Sunday? Will it be the 2017 stars or will the local heroes dominate once again?
In 2016 and 2017, Thor MX1 champion Dean Ferris won an exceptional 17 races throughout the 2017 season, and will come into the first double header round this weekend holding the red plate after a flawless, first two rounds.
But one rider who won’t be letting the CDR Yamaha rider out of his sights is 2016 and 2017 MX1 runner-up and current second-place holder in the series, Kirk Gibbs. Kirk looked extremely fit and comfortable on board his factory KTM machine at Round 1 and 2 but was ultimately unsuccessful in taking the top spot on the podium. Will he have what it takes this weekend?
The depth of talent isn’t limited to the MX1 class. This year MX2 has a world class level of skilled talent spread across the gate with the likes of 2017 MX2 runner-up Wilson Todd, who struggled with the conditions in round one, but managed to get on the podium at round 2 in Appin two weeks ago.
He will be hoping to make up valuable lost points this weekend, in Wonthaggi. The 2016 MX2 runner-up Nathan Crawford walked away with a close second place at round 1 and got the top spot at round two and now holds the Red Plate, as well as our home grown talent you can never overlook the international talent of Hamish Harwood finishing 3rd at round one.
Finally, the Pirelli MXD category will showcase plenty of future talent this weekend.
Throw in the Yamaha 125cc Rookies, factory trucks, entertainment for the kids, and the fastest riders in the country, Round 3 and 4 of the Pirelli MX Nationals this weekend is an event not to be missed.
For more information on the Pirelli MX Nationals, including ticket prices and race schedule, head to www.mxnationals.com.au